This classic tale follows the twists and turns in the life of Charlotte 'Charlie' Newton, a young woman who is is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother's younger brother.
Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Uncle Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works.
Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to have suspicions about the true nature of her beloved uncle. As she begins investigating into Oakley's activities, a gory picture emerges. Will her knowledge endanger her own life?
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